On September 6, 1901, President William McKinley was shot twice during a reception at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Doctors removed one of the bullets, but failed to find the second, and McKinley died from an infection eight days later. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, assured by doctors that McKinley would live, was hiking in the Adirondacks on September 13 when he was suddenly summoned to Buffalo. The next day, in the library of the home of his friend Ansley Wilcox, Roosevelt took the oath of office to become the twenty-sixth President. He stood in front of the bay window on the south side of the room, wearing a frock-coat lent him by Wilcox. The coat is now on display at the house, which was designated the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in 1966.
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When duty called, the Rough Rider was ready
and assumed the Presidency at what is now
the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.
Roosevelt, who was reelected in 1904, passed more reform bills during his tenure than any other administration since the Civil War. He helped secure the construction of the Panama Canal and the peace treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site Information
Address: 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY
Hours of Operation:
- Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday - Sunday, noon - 5:00 p.m.
- Closed New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and December 24, 25, and 31
- $5 for adults
- $3 for seniors age 62+ and college students with IDs
- $1 for children age 6 - 14
- Free for children 5 and younger
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eric Peterson is a Denver-based freelance writer who has contributed to numerous guidebooks about the Western United States.